How To Get Rid Of June Bugs: 4 Natural Ways To Save Your Garden From June Bug Infestation

June bugs are one of the biggest foes of many gardeners. These bugs often come on the eve of the summer season. They often feed on landscape plants which can cause severe damage in your garden. However, you don’t have to panic when these bugs arrive.

This black June beetles is feeding on dead leaves on a vegetable plot

This black June beetles is feeding on dead leaves on a vegetable plot

In this article, we are going to talk about how to get rid of June bugs without using chemical pesticide.

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What Are June Bugs?

June bugs are also known as scarab beetles. These beetles have different kinds of species. They are called June bugs because of its timely appearance around the end of the spring season. June beetles share the same physical appearance like most bugs. They have an oval back and sharp front pincers. Aside from landscape plants, these grubs also feed on turf and lawn grasses. You can easily tell if your garden is June bug infested. Their damage is often depicted as large brown areas in your garden, and the grass can be easily uprooted.

Six Types Of June Bugs

1. Phyllophaga

These groups of scarab beetles have 206 individual species. They are often called as May beetles or May bugs. These bugs have a dark reddish brown color. They are a little pudgy and measure around 1 inch to 1 1/3 inches long. You can easily distinguish them by looking at their distinctive markings.

This beetle is one of the 206 species of Phyllophaga

This beetle is one of the 206 species of Phyllophaga

2. Green June Beetle (Cotinis Nitida)

Green beetles are often found in the areas from Maine to Georgia. They measure up to an inch long. You can easily distinguish them by their green color. There are no special markings seen on this type of bugs except its color.

A green June beetle crawls on top of an ornamental plant

A green June beetle crawls on top of an ornamental plant

3. Ten-Lined June Beetle (Polyphilla Decemlineata)

This beetle looks like a tiny watermelon because of its green and white marking. It stands around 1 ¼ inches long. This scarab beetle often makes a hissing sound when you touch it. It is often found in the west of the Rockies. It is also considered as an agricultural pest because it feeds on crops and ornamental plants.

This tiny June bug is perching on top of some root crop

This tiny June bug is perching on top of some root crop

4. Japanese Beetle (Popillia Japonica)

The Japanese beetle is also considered as an agricultural pest, and just like the ten-lined June bug, it feeds on both crops and ornamental plants. It particularly feeds on strawberries, tomatoes, raspberries, corns, and roses. This invasive beetle has a brown and green metallic sheen and measures about ½ to 1 inch long. This type of bugs is active during the daytime.

This Japanese beetle is infesting on a wild grape leaf

This Japanese beetle is infesting on a wild grape leaf

5. Figeater Beetle (Cotinis Mutabilis)

This scarab beetle is commonly seen in the Southwestern part of the US. It stands about 1 to 1 ¼ inches long. You can easily recognize this beetle because of its metallic green color.

6. European Chafer Beetle (Rhizotrogus Majalis)

This type of beetle is often found all over the temperate areas in North America. This invasive beetle has a caramel brown color and measures up to ½ to 1 inch long.

4 Natural Options For Controlling June Bugs

There are so many ways on how to get rid of June bugs, but most people would often prefer to use chemical pesticides. However, there is a possibility that these chemicals can cause severe damage to your plants and crops, as well as to your health when you cook the damaged crops. Your best option is to get rid of them naturally to ensure healthy and safe crops in your garden. Here are some of the ways on how to get rid of June bugs by using natural methods.

1. Keep Your Grass Healthy

The first thing that you should do is keep your lawn healthy. It is best that you invest in an irrigation system with a good drainage system.

2. Keep Your Grass A Little Longer During The Summer Season

June bugs often lay their eggs on short grass. It is imperative that you mow your grass into higher lengths during the summer season.

Make sure that your lawn doesn’t have short grasses. Make sure that they are cut long enough to avoid infestation

Make sure that your lawn doesn’t have short grasses. Make sure that they are cut long enough to avoid infestation

3. Utilize Bacillus Thuringiensis And Beneficial Nematodes

Another efficient way on how to get rid of June bugs is Bacillus thuringiensis and beneficial nematodes.

Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) are soil-dwelling bacteria that are often used as biological pesticides. They often occur naturally from butterflies and moths. They are also found in leaf surfaces, animal feces, aquatic environment, flour mills, and other grain storage facilities.

Beneficial nematodes are worm-like bacteria that feed on fleas, beetles, grubs, and other pests. They are often harmless to animals and humans. You can apply these bacteria directly into the soil. BT and beneficial nematodes are available in all leading gardens and home depot nationwide.

4. Place Little Animals Like Frogs, Toads, And Birds

Another way on how to get rid of June bugs in your garden is by luring both the bugs and animals into your garden. Small animals like frogs, snakes, toads, and birds often feed on June bugs. You can easily lure bugs into your garden by having a small pond or a good water irrigation system. Frogs and toads can easily be drawn by water. However, make sure you can control these animals afterward.

Frogs often feed on insects

Frogs often feed on insects

How To Trap June Bugs

If you are not keen with the methods above, you can also use another method on how to get rid of June bugs. Below is the step by step instructions on how to get rid of June bugs by using a trap.

June beetles are easily attracted to sunlight. Once they see the incandescent light, they will swarm over the light and eventually fall into the jar of oil.

Conclusion

June bug infestations can cause significant damage in your garden. It is very important that you take actions immediately when you notice the signs of damages in your garden. If you don’t take measures immediately, the infestation can spread all over your garden. These are just some of the natural methods that you can use to get rid of them. However, if things would escalate further, it is best that you call an expert to help you choose the best chemical pesticide for your problem.

Thank you for reading this article. If you have some experiences on how to get rid of them, feel free to share them in the comment section below!

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Lucy M. Clark
 

Hi there! I’m Lucy, and I’m a self-confessed garden fanatic. Gardening has always been a passion of mine and will always be my favorite pastime. Now that I am married and have one adorable son, I have the time to write and share my personal experiences with other garden enthusiasts like me.

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